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Dr. Roberta Morano

Oman Research Grant

Research project: “Qoḥḥ al-ʕomanī: what is “pure Omani”?

Oman Research Grant from 01.04.2022 to 30.06.2022

Research Fellow at University of Leeds

Dr Roberta Morano graduated in 2014 with an MA in Islamic Studies at the University of Naples "L'Orientale" (Italy). In 2019 she completed a PhD in Arabic Linguistics and Phonetics at University of Leeds (UK). Her research interests are Linguistics and Ecolinguistics, with a special focus on Oman, its history, its society, its geography and the impact of language change on the Omani people's sense of identity. Dr Morano also worked extensively on Omani lexicon, investigating technical plant and insect names and documenting foreign borrowings in Omani Arabic. Her latest publications are:

  • Morano, R. (2022). The Expression of Possession in the al-'Awābī District (Northern Oman), in: Klimiuk, M. (ed.): Semitic Dialects and Dialectology. Fieldwork—Community—Change, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, pp 31–43. 
  • Morano, R. (forthcoming, 2022). Carl Reinhardt a century later: diachronic variation in the Omani Arabic vernacular of the al-al-ʿAwābī district. Cambridge Semitic Languages and Cultures. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers
  • Morano, R. (2020). Functions and uses of active and passive participial forms in al-ˁAwābī district vernacular of northern Oman. In: Alhawary, T.M. (ed) Al-ˁArabiyya, The journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic53. Georgetown University Press, pp. 109-128."